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Human Nature

  • Date Submitted: 12/20/2014 07:51 PM
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George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a satirical allegory through which he presents his cynical view of human nature. He uses the animal fable effectively to expose the issues of injustice, exploitation, and the instillment of fear in human society.

The element of injustice in Animal Farm and today’s society is evident. Napoleon, a large boar, thrives off the idea of power. He is willing to starve the animals to achieve this power status. Once the pigs assume authority, the increase in work led to the animals becoming hungry much quicker. With the pigs in positions of authority, their requirements are put above others therefore, most of the food was given to them which left most animals stricken with hunger. Much like the fable, Animal Farm, there is a lack of food in parts of the world. Society today has the same motives and will cut off food supplies to third world countries in order to get the necessary amount of food needed. Much like the novel, society put their own requirements above others, who need it desperately. After the death of Old Major, Napoleon takes on a leadership role for the animals of Animal Farm. By taking away the song, “Beasts of England”, which is an expression of freedom to the animals and replacing it with a song written about Napoleon, he shows that he has complete control over them. Injustice is taking anything and putting it out of its place. Taking the song away is the equivalent of taking their rights away. With all the power he possesses and the leadership role he plays, no one can do much to stop this power-driven animal.

Napoleon willingly uses his comrades to do his dirty work. During the beginning of the fable, Old Major gathers the animals together to explain that they are being exploited by the humans that have ownership of Manor Farm. The animals agree and unite to change the cruel ways in which they are being treated. However, Napoleon uses most of the animals to take charge and run the Manor Farm the way that he thinks it...


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